Stepping into Comfort: The Art and Science of Shoe Sole Build-Up!


A “Shoe sole build-up” refers to the process of adding extra material to the sole of a shoe to modify its height and/or rocker, enhance cushioning, correct gait issues, or accommodate deformity. This type of modification can be done for various reasons, and it involves breaking down and then adding layers of material to the existing sole. Here are some common scenarios where shoe sole build-up might be considered:

  • Leg Length Discrepancy: In cases of leg length discrepancy, where one leg is shorter than the other, adding material to the sole of one shoe helps to create a more balanced and comfortable gait.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions or injuries may necessitate adjustments to the shoe sole for better support and reduced pressure on specific areas of the foot.
  • Gait Corrections: Podiatrists or orthopaedic specialists may recommend sole build-up to correct irregularities in gait or walking patterns.
  • Foot Conditions: Individuals with conditions like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or other foot ailments might benefit from sole build-up to alleviate pain and enhance comfort.

It’s crucial to note that shoe sole build-up is a customised solution, typically done under the guidance of a healthcare professional, such as a Podiatrist or Pedorthist. They assess the specific needs of the individual, considering factors like foot structure, leg length, pelvis postion, gait analysis, and any existing medical conditions. The process involves adding layers of materials, such as EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam, to achieve the desired modifications while maintaining function of the shoe.

If you’re considering shoe sole build-up for any reason, it’s important to consult with a Healthcare Professional who can provide a thorough evaluation and recommend appropriate modifications to address your specific needs.

Did you know at Rural Health we can modify footwear and add sole build ups, lifts and rockers on site! Think this may help you? Book a consultation with a Podiatrist at Rural Health online or phone (02) 5926 3806.

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